CBAN's Co-Founders


Curtis Dean has been involved in community broadband for 20+ years.

In 2015, he established SmartSource Consulting to provide services to small telecommunications services, including project management, marketing and strategic planning.

Curtis holds a B.A. from Buena Vista University and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Todd Kielkopf, Community Broadband Action Network

As the founder of Kielkopf  Advisory Services, Todd advises utilities, organizations and startups on business formation, strategic development phases and financial matters.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Iowa State University.

Jon Anne Willow, Community Broadband Action Network

Jon Anne is a former digital publisher and journalist, and the founder of Crystal Clear Communications, a small firm serving small- to medium-sized companies, nonprofits and municipalities, including locally-owned utilities.

A media and communications veteran, Jon Anne holds a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University. She is also a beekeeper and pens the blog Cowgirl in Paradise.

As Community Manager, Kate specializes in curating community outreach and brand recognition through market research and outreach.

Kate holds a Bachelors in Business from Truman State University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Public Policy from Iowa State University.